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Media control and diversity

Important Notice

On 16 October 2017 the Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Broadcasting Reform) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was passed by Parliament. Following Royal Assent, a number of changes to media control and diversity rules in the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 will take place. Please refer to the ACMA Media Statement for additional information.

The ACMA website will be updated to reflect these changes once the Bill receives Royal Assent.

Media control and diversity

Media control and diversity is regulated by the Broadcasting Services Act 1992 (the BSA) through limits placed on the control of commercial television and radio broadcasting licences and associated newspapers.

The objective is to encourage diversity in control of the more influential broadcasting services.

The rules regulate the concentration of control within broadcasting licence areas and across different media. They are categorised as:

The ACMA is responsible for monitoring and enforcing these rules.

The ACMA maintains publicly available information on control of the media to assist industry participants and the public, including the Media Control Database.

See also:

Last updated: 17 October 2017